Houses like this remind me that neutral paint colors certainly don't have to be boring. I was inspired by this eye-catching traditional meets minimalistic home as I was browsing through the Behr paint colors 2019 idea guide. These little booklets that you can find in the paint section are actually a fabulous resource because they show you exactly what popular paint shades will actually look like in a home surrounded by other decorative elements. It can be really hard for some people to picture how their room Is going to look based on a 2 inch paint swatch in the store. This is actually how I have found some of the best neutral paint colors that I have ever used.
There is a reason why "they" say that neutral paint colors are really the best option to use throughout the entire house. I mean I do not know who the design gods are that make these rules, but looking at pictures like these makes you remember that a crisp white shade or even neutral warm paint colors create such a chic yet cozy atmosphere. Not only that, but it is virtually impossible not to incorporate just about any style or color palette alongside these tones. I am definitely going to mimic these bedroom paint ideas to a T, and probably even recreate the blue peach and black shades that they used for the linens and headboard.
If I had to give one tip to homeowners taking on a major renovation, I would say to stick with neutral paint colors in all of the spaces that you create. Yes it may seem boring now, but trust me you will be so glad you did this later when you are trying to layer in textiles, furniture and artwork. These items can quickly fill and overwhelm a space so it is so important to have simple yet elegant wall paint colors as a subtle foundation to everything else. If you go too bold with each of these elements, a room can quickly become overwhelming and not relaxing at all. If you removed all of the furniture and decorative accents in the space, you would see that the walls have subtle color but overall are quite bland.
When in doubt, neutral paint colors are always the way to go because they allow you to layer in pattern and texture through other more malleable means. I try to keep more permanent things like paint color, flooring, etc. simple and neutral because it is time consuming and expensive to swap these out on a regular basis. For bedroom colors, I usually stick to a subtle grey or beige as the foundation of the design (like we did here) and then add a bold bed set or even a vibrant area rug like this large plush charcoal one. When you add in these decorative touches, the walls fade into the background while still giving a nice backdrop to the rest of the items.
Although I personally find neutral paint colors to be so boring, I knew that we needed to find something in that family to revamp the place when we decided to list our home for sale. I am not particularly good at selecting interior paint colors and tend to go by a piece of artwork or some sort of decor item like a rug or pillow to select my shade. This doesn't quite work when you are staging your home to put in on the market though. To solve the problem, I did some research and figured out that subtle grey colors are what is trending right now. A lot of people said that the best gray paint colors to use with warmer finishes like our pine floors and window frames have a beige undertone, so I went with Benjamin Moore pigeon gray.
To be honest, it was pretty hard to find shades that I liked within the neutral paint colors palette that our realtor suggested we stick to in preparation to list our home. I know that the idea here is that we will sell quickly so that we can move into the new house, but I still want the neutral wall colors we chose to be something I would like for the remaining time we spent there. After doing a lot of scrolling through photos online, I ended up finding this really nice warm toned grey color that I thought would be perfect for just about every room in the house. I actually found this shade in a Behr paint colors pamphlet at the store and loved how it looked in the room in the photo so much that I went ahead and got it for the house.